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What do I do with all this cable?

So my dad often brings home scrap wood and the sort from his job but recently he has been doing something or other with stainless steel cable, cutting it up for whatever.

Anyway, I now find myself with at least 50 pieces of this high quality stainless steel cable that is just thinner than what I have to tie out my dog. I'm not sure what size it is, but I counted around 20 strands on one of the frayed cuts. It all averages about 4-5 feet, but it ranges from a few 1 foot sections to quite a few ~6 feet sections. 

I would love to find a way to put this all to use in a clever way, but who knows how long it might be before I think of something myself?
My first instinct: Ask Instructables! If you have any ideas at all, please leave a comment as to what I might do with this. I'm going to ask my friends as well but I bet some of the more experienced people here might have some good suggestions. 
Something I would like to know is what is the best way to link these together, if I want something longer? 

Any suggestions welcome, thanks. 

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RavensCraft3 years ago
1. Hydrogen gas generator.

2. Attach magnet on a piece of cable and use it as pickup wand for stuff dropped
in hard to reach places.

3. Drain clean out snake.



kkeagan3 years ago
i love cable ties as i often change my mind (yep its a girl thing) and you can redo it into something different
Toga_Dan3 years ago
crimp connectors will link pieces together. (or 1 end looped back on itself)
kkeagan3 years ago
you could cable tie it into a trellis or shapes and hang on the fence for
decoration or plants to grow up
Goodhart3 years ago
IF the wires are thin enough, you could use them, after unwinding, as resistance wires....
you can make a tie for your dog by wrapping 3-4 cables and twisting them one by one over one another and then at the ends adding more 3-4 wires on corners.
The cables are spun so unspin them and use the stainless wires to make fish, crab, or crawdad traps.

Do this by weaving the wires into a mesh for the outside of the traps.

Being stainless they won’t rust like steel while in the water.

Are the cables from making garage door parts?

They look like the leftover bits a friend of mine would get from making the counter balance for garage doors.

Joe
cart562 (author)  Josehf Murchison3 years ago
I'm not much of a fishing person myself, but I like the idea! I do have a friend that loves to fish and crab, however, so maybe I could make a crab pot for him.

So my dad is a carpenter and he has been building the railings for the porch on this house and the homeowners wanted cable enough to spend $3,000 on all of it, and these are all the cut-offs and scraps.
If you do make a crab pot or a fish trap post a pic I would like to see how it came out.
Thrasym3 years ago
If you unwind the strands, you'll have these crimped wires that you can easily braid, twist, weave into forms and sculptures. Realistic or abstract.

Of course, leaving the strands together you can still create forms. It's just a little harder to work with and secure pieces to each other.

Soldering, welding, brazing or just tying the ends together can attach the wires, obviously, but you can also unwind a portion of the strands at the cut ends and inter-weave them. Depending on how much effort you put into that, it can be almost invisible and very strong.

If you are making some sort of sculpture with them, I'd suggest pulling apart the strands on the shortest length and using those strands to tie the wires together if and where required. It'll only take an inch or two of wire per tie.

If you do an image web search for "braided wire sculptures" or "woven wire sculptures" or "crimped wire sculptures" you'll get lots of results for the type of thing I was suggesting to do with the strands. If you search for something like "wire art" or "steel sculpture" you'll get results geared more for the larger, thicker wire.
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